Prior to becoming an ICT teacher a decade ago I worked in various ICT roles in the Isle of Man and the UK. As it turns out I was an 'early adopter' in technology and started programming at the age of 11 back in 1981.
Some of my early computing memories include seeing PacMan at the local arcade and then going home and writing a program to play PacMan on my Sinclair Spectrum home computer. It was a little rough but it worked and helped my develop amazing problem solving skills at an early age.
Prior to going to University I studied Dr Bruno Furst's Course in Memory and Concentration. I don't think that my memory was poor but this course was a revelation to me and helped me to retain vast amounts of information prior to entering my exams.
As time went on I became more and more curious as to how people learn and my career was steered towards education. I attended some post-graduate courses and discovered some great ideas about the future of learning. In particular I favour the contstructivist learning model. I see learning as a process of meaning making, combining new information with what is already known.
I see the difference between a novice and an expert as the ability to recall information. The speed of information recall is dependent upon if it has been learned in context.
As a teacher I have high expectations of my students. I communicate that the learning must be their own. I am a facilitator of their learning - "from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side". I will provide the stimulus, I will set the challenge, I will answer the difficult questions but I can NOT learn for anyone else.
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